THE DARK HOURS (Paul Fox). 80 minutes. Opens Friday (November 11) at Canada Square. See Movie Listings for times. Rating: NN
Move over, Alanis Morissette. Here's true irony: a director claiming to make a bold, original thriller and then setting said film in a remote cabin in the woods. Ooh, plus the main victim, Dr. Goodman ( Kate Greenhouse ), is a shrink who has her own issues. All this needs is an ominous flash of lightning to fill the cliché quota, but that's not why it's so awful. Director Paul Fox , hoping to create a genuinely slow, chilling tale, makes his audience suffer more than his characters. What he thinks is atmospheric cinematography drains and irritates, and the last 10 minutes are more painful than sitting through a double feature of Glitter and Gigli.
Screenwriter Wil Zmak moves from kids' TV writing with some flair. His dialogue is easily the most believable element in the film, although Greenhouse and Aidan Devine as her nemesis, Harlan, make whatever they can out of their respective roles.
The scariest part of this horror film is that it's financed by the Canadian Film Centre.